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Next steps on the way to the "Science Campus Bachstraße


A joint agreement has been signed between the Free State of Thuringia as land owner, represented by the Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture, and the City of Jena for the further development of the former clinic site "Bachstraße" into a science campus.

Building on the master plan, which examined the site's land potential for subsequent use as a science campus, an urban development concept is to be drawn up by the end of 2023, taking into account the adjacent and expanded urban space.

"With this important step, we can ensure the integration of the future science campus into downtown Jena. The construction phases ahead of us require a mental bracket that enables the development of an urban enlivened and greened campus," says mayor and department head Christian Gerlitz. The result will serve as the basis for delineating construction phases and conducting urban planning-architectural realization competitions.

"Excellent research needs excellent site conditions. Our goal is therefore to develop the Bachstrasse site into a modern inner-city science campus," says Thuringia's Science Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee.

In the future, this will be used primarily by the Friedrich Schiller University with its departments of pharmacy and nutrition and by the DLR Institute for Data Sciences. In a first phase of construction, the former gynecological clinic is expected to be converted into an office building starting next year. In addition, several new buildings and extensions will be constructed with the necessary laboratory space. The Ministry of Science is providing funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the necessary investments in the research-related infrastructure.

"The city of Jena already created the conditions for the development of the former hospital site in 2017 with the formal designation of the redevelopment area 'Westliche Innenstadt'," said Thuringia's Minister of Infrastructure Susanna Karawanskij. "The projects of the redevelopment measure - such as the preservation and upgrading of the existing buildings - are supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure with urban development funds. About 2.8 million euros have already been made available through federal and state funds since 2019. The preparation of the urban development concept as an important basis for further planning is also supported with the help of urban development funding," she added.